Britain’s Prince William, second in line of succession to the throne, and socialite Kate Middleton officially announced their royal engagement.
Wedding ceremony will be by next spring or summer next year.
A spokesman for Prince Charles said Prince William gave Kate Middleton the engagement ring that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.
The ring is an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
The engagement announcement has ended years of countless rumors about their splits, reconciliations and speculations. It will be the most anticipated and the biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer almost 30 years ago.
Prince Charles’ Clarence House office said the heir to the British throne was “delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.” It said the couple got engaged last month during a vacation in Kenya.
The statement also said that William had informed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and also sought the permission of Middleton’s father.